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Bike Glendhu – Wanaka MTB Trails

Adventure At Every Level

Bike Glendhu Trails

Bike Glendhu is born to be shared by riders of all skill sets, whether it’s your first day on the trails or you’ve been around a berm or two. Our 30km network (with more to come in 2020!) of flowing pedal-only trails wind and weave their way around 1000 hectares of the finest trails Mother Nature could give us, as we’ve borrowed and blended to create a trail map she’ll be proud of.

Newbies can develop their skills on introductory loops, XC bikers will race each other on the ups and test themselves on dynamic downs, while enduro riders will be heard ‘whooping’ from the mountain tops. Or are the cool kids ‘yeeeewing’ these days? And because we’re all about bringing our MTB riders together, many of our mountain bike trails can be tackled by different levels in different ways.

Whether you’re coming for a hardcore shred or a Sunday ride, check out the selection of trails below for all the glorious details and get out here!

You can also download a pdf of Bike Glendhu’s MTB trails.


Choose Your Line

Motatapu Blue Loop

STATUS / OPEN
Level / INTERMEDIATE
Length / 18.6
Elevation / 447m ascent and descent

Our all-encompassing Loop. A gentle purpose-built up-MTB-trail climbs from the base building through the trees to Jacks Spot, your first view over Glendhu Bay and Lake Wanaka. From here you can choose from a range of descent options. Alternatively you can continue up 'Switch It Up' to the crossing and down 'Monsoon Hoon' towards Stags Point which provides views out towards Mahu Whenua and the Fern Burn. Follow 'Adze Up' as the view of the Motatapu moves around towards Treble Cone, and into an epic view up the Matukituki River. One more push will get you to the top, where you'll pop over the summit and find an incredible view of Glendhu Bay looking back towards Wanaka. You'll want to spend some time here before tackling Upper Baywatch which will deliver you down to Boulders Cross - where you can decide which route you'll take down to base... or back up again!

Kākāriki Climb

STATUS / OPEN
Level / BEGINNER
Length / 3.5km
Elevation / -155m

Our main climbing trail. A meander along the Fern Bern leading to a gentle ascent of switchbacks that takes you up and along to Jack's Spot, and a view out over Glendhu Bay.

Kākāriki Down

STATUS / OPEN
Level / BEGINNER
Length / 3.8km
Elevation / 155m

Our easiest and less technical MTB trail for those not so experienced. A meander along the Fern Burn leading to an ascent that takes you up and over to an awesome view out over Glendhu Bay and Lake Wanaka. The trail then gently descends the face of the hill, delivering you back to the base.

Matt & Gary

STATUS / OPEN
Level / INTERMEDIATE
Length / 1500m
Elevation / 140m descent

Your step up from Kākāriki Loop. This MTB trail features an XC style descent with small berms and rollers. Splits into 'Matt' & 'Gary' options, then links back together to meet up with Fern Berms, another easy descent option.

Fern Berms

STATUS / OPEN
Level / INTERMEDIATE
Length / 600m
Elevation / 40m descent

A flowy single track MTB trail with small berms and rollers, joining back to Kākāriki Loop.

Jairolla

STATUS / OPEN
Level / INTERMEDIATE
Length / 500m
Elevation / 93m descent

A flow trail with lots of nice berms, some jumps to learn/improve on and epic Wanaka scenery. Joins up to Hare Time or Fern Berms to get you all the way down to Kākāriki Loop and back to Base 334.

Hare Time

STATUS / OPEN
Level / INTERMEDIATE
Length / 1.7km
Elevation / 118m descent

Super fun MTB trail featuring 1.7km of jumps, table-tops, berms, rollers and shark fins. Intermediates can happily roll the features, and advanced riders will have a really good time!

Toogood Trails (Dual Slalom)

STATUS / OPEN
Level / INTERMEDIATE
Length / 436m
Elevation / 33m

Dual Slalom course. Race your mates!

Uptimus Climb

STATUS / OPEN
Level / BEGINNER
Length / 820m
Elevation / 29m

A meandering climb that links from the bottom of Jairolla and Hare-Time, bringing you back to Kakariki, so you can session more laps!

Switch It Up

STATUS / OPEN
Level / INTERMEDIATE
Length / 1.6km
Elevation / 87m

A gently sloping up from 'Jack's Spot' to 'The Crossing'. From The Crossing head on down Monsoon Hoon towards Stags Point on the way to the summit! Alternatively you can take Lower Baywatch back down to Jacks, head up the 4WD track to Boulders Cross, where you can take the top section of Lower Baywatch or Dark Matter.

Monsoon Hoon

STATUS / OPEN
Level / INTERMEDIATE
Length / 819m
Elevation / 46 descent

A fun flow MTB trail taking you from The Crossing down to Stag's Point where you can jump on black tech trail Methane Train, or head on up Adze Up to the summit at Falcon's Nest.

The Rocky Borrow Show

STATUS / OPEN
Level / INTERMEDIATE
Length / 1.3km
Elevation / 86m descent

Intermediate Tech, Grade 4 with some areas of flow. RBS is a great trail for those looking to progress from Jairolla. This trail has technical tight berms, rock rolls, jumps, and drops. Riders will need to consider line choice to ride it smooth and ride it fast. There is some mellow climbing in the early - midsection to add to the adventure.

Adze Up

STATUS / OPEN
Level / INTERMEDIATE
Length / 5.8km
Elevation / +343m, -102m

Our back country climb trail which shows off views out to Treble Cone and up the Matukituki as you climb around the back of the hill to the summit at Falcon's Nest. The trail has been built at such a gradient that you can meander along and take in the view, reserving some energy for the epic down trail from the summit. Take our word - the view is worth it.

Lower Baywatch

STATUS / OPEN
Level / INTERMEDIATE
Length / 1.7km
Elevation /

A fast, flowy blue trail with swoopy corners, jumps and rollers. This is slightly easier than Upper Baywatch so if you're unsure if Upper Baywatch is right for, give Lower Baywatch a hoon first!

Upper Baywatch

STATUS / OPEN
Level / INTERMEDIATE
Length / 1.5km
Elevation / 137m descent

A flow trail that starts at Falcon's Nest, the summit of Bike Glendhu where you'll find that iconic view over Lake Wanaka. 1.5km of super-fun flow with optional features, taking you down to Boulders Cross.

Dark Matter

STATUS / OPEN
Level / ADVANCED
Length / 500m
Elevation /

Dark Matter is a handbuilt, black single track that winds its way through native bush. This track has plenty of dark, slick dirt with lots of rock and optional line choices.

Methane Train

STATUS / OPEN
Level / ADVANCED
Length / 2.2km
Elevation /

Methane Train is another Black singletrack with large rock rolls and optional line choices. This trail is tight single track that cuts through native bush. The end of the trail will lead you to a long mellow grass climb back to Jack's Spot.